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Radiation - How it Can Affect Your Body

by GregP_WN.

Our Blog Post today is part of a series of experiences submitted by WhatNexter "CJGriggs1", about radiation and its side effects.

Radiation How It Can Affect Your Body

Radiation therapy is a local treatment. Therefore, it only affects the area of the body where the tumor is located. For example, people do not usually lose their hair from having radiation therapy. This is only true if the radiation is not aimed at a part of the body that grows hair, such as the scalp. 

Johnny Blue Laster Targeting Radiation Mask

Skin problems - Many people who receive radiation...

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Chemo Port Pros and Cons

by GregP_WN.

If you are newly diagnosed, you have probably heard the term "chemo-port". A chemo-port or porta-cath, or power port is a device that is surgically implanted just under the skin usually in the upper chest area, just below the collar bone. Their main purpose is to be an access to deliver chemo drugs, and other drugs or IVs you may need during treatment. Blood draws can also be taken from the port. 

Power Port

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Types of ports

Implantable Venous Port - This is the most common type of port that...

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Chemotherapy and How it Can Affect Your Body

by GregP_WN.

WhatNexter "CJGriggs1" has put together a helpful manual based on her own experiences in her cancer journey. Listed below is her chapter on Chemotherapy and How it Can Affect Your Body. These are things she learned about chemo throughout her treatments. Take a look for some tips and general information, and feel free to add your own tips in the comments below. 

Chemotherapy and its Side Effects

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There are many different chemotherapy drugs with the potential for many different side...

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Things Cancer Patients Love, That Money Can't Buy

by GregP_WN.

We have all read the lists of things money can't buy before like love, morals, respect, character or patience. Here are some cancer related things that money can't buy that will hit home with cancer patients and their caregivers. Take a look and see if any of these sound familiar.

Things Cancer Patients Love, But Money Can't Buy 2

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That moment when your pain lifts after having gone through hours of unbearable pain. You know that feeling, when after you have been up all night because the pain wouldn't let you have anything other than a...

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Things I Didn't Expect From My Experience With Cancer

by GregP_WN.

Maybe you have a preconceived idea about what it would be like to have cancer. Most of us have thought about some of the worst things that could happen to us in life, cancer ranks up near the top. But out of all of the things you thought would happen, here are some things that these cancer survivors at WhatNext never expected to hear, see or experience. 

Things I Never Expected From My Experiences With Cancer

markfeller - I did not expect it to be so easy to survive! Being told 12 years ago that I had 7 years to live with stage 4...

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Cancer Awareness and Events for May

by GregP_WN.

May is a busy month for cancer awareness. Brain cancer/tumor awareness month, bladder cancer awareness month, skin cancer and melanoma awareness month as well as Melanoma Monday. May also has Don't Fry Day, May 27th; World No Tobacco Day, May 31st; and Oncology Nursing Month. We have listed links to the associated organizations to get more information directly from them about each. 

May Skin Cancer Month Brain Cancer Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness

For more information on each type of cancer awareness or event, click the links below. 

Brain...

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Melanoma Monday 5 Things You Need to Know

by GregP_WN.

Monday, May 2nd is Melanoma Monday, and May is skin cancer awareness and prevention month. Here are 5 things you need to know about melanoma, and one of them is that it's NOT "one of the good cancers". 

"Looking Good" a skin cancer PSA from the American Acadamy of Dermatology 

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour. The American...

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Chemo Vs. Radiation - The Pros and Cons

by GregP_WN.

When you are given that diagnosis of Cancer, one of  the first things that might come to your mind is one or both of the most common forms of treating it, chemotherapy and radiation. You have probably heard all of the horror stories about each of them, ask 100 people that have never had either and you will probably get 100 different stories, and maybe a few of them will have some fact in them. 

Chemo Vs. Radiation

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But ask 100 people that have had both types of treatment and they will give you...

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10 Ways to Cope With Chemo Treatments

by GregP_WN.

One of the most feared parts of a cancer diagnosis is the chemotherapy. Talk to anyone who has never had cancer and that's one of the first things they will bring up. Many people start repeating the stories they have heard, the myths that have been passed around about how horrible chemo is. I have heard many people say, "it's not cancer that kills you, it's the chemo". 

10 Ways To Cope With Chemo, What Next

Note that these are usually those who have never even been in a treatment facility much less had chemo themselves. In...

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How Can You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer?

by GregP_WN.

WhatNexter "JHale17" recently posed this question to the Community about getting back to being "happy" when dealing with cancer. The questions are; can you, did you ever lose happiness, were you happy to begin with? There is a lot to consider, but happiness is a state of mind, and if you can control your view of your life, your space in the world, and compare that to others, you may find it's easier to be happy than you think!

How Do You Be Happy When Dealing With Cancer

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Some people never actually lose their happiness. They have the...

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